A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

A Tale of Two Elections: Chad and Djibouti

Within the span of just a few days, two long-serving African leaders will go to the polls in search of new electoral mandates. As part of the “Super Sunday” of African elections in 2016, Djiboutian strongman Ismail Omar Guelleh will stand for re-election on April 8 while Idriss Déby Itno…

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Nigerian Air Force: Drone bombs Boko Haram base

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Air Force says a drone bombed a Boko Haram logistics base in the northeast, possibly hitting an ammunition depot and dealing a “major setback” to the Islamic extremists. A statement from Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the first attack by an unmanned combat aerial…

Will Buhari ban the veil?

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president stated on Wednesday during the country’s presidential media chat, that a ban on the hijab could be implemented due to the threat of Boko Haram. Female suicide bombers have been known to use their hijab to conceal bombs. “Hijab would have to be banned if suicide…

Has Nigeria “technically defeated” Boko Haram?

President Muhammadu Buhari announced that Nigeria has “technically won the war” against the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, reported the BBC. “Boko Haram, as an organized fighting force, we have dealt with them. Boko Haram cannot now march their forces and attack towns or attack military installations. Technically, we’ve won…

Suspected Boko Haram attack in Chad

Suicide bombers have killed at least 27 and injuring 90 on the Island of Koulfoua in Chad yesterday. However the exact numbers are not clear some news agencies have put the death toll at 19 with 130 people injured. “Three suicide bombers blew themselves up in three different places at…

Chad executes 10 members of Boko Haram

Yesterday, Chad executed 10 members of Boko Haram by firing squad. The Guardian reported that this is the first use of the countries death penalty since they increased their anti-terrorist measures. A judicial source told AFP “they were executed this morning on a shooting ground north of N’Djamena.” The 10…

Nigeria uncovers Boko Haram spy cell

Nigeria claims to have uncovered a spy cell operated by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram at the Abuja international airport. The intelligence agency has also warned that a possible attack could be taken on the airport. “The service, in liaison with the aviation security of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport,…